Dorothy Maynor and the Harlem School of the Arts. The Diva and the Dream

Author: Rogers, William
The first full-length investigation of the life and accomplishments of one of America's most distinguished concert singers. After her retirement from the concert stage, Dorothy Maynor established the Harlem School of the Arts. The book describes Maynor's advocacy of work and commitment in three dimensions: as artist, academician, and altruist. Much of the research of this book has been drawn from interviews with Miss Maynor, with her peers and former classmates, employees and students of the Harlem School of the Arts during Maynor's administration, and from numerous libraries and archives throughout the United States.


"Rogers' biography reveals, in lively style, a life filled with purpose and fortitude through childhood, training, and two major careers. The path is carefully laid out, illuminated by the insights not only of living persons who have shared her experiences but also those who played key roles, as teachers, mentors, and patrons, in shaping both the personal and musical aspects of her development. . . . Rogers' book is clearly a labor of love, lyrical but painstakingly researched and made absorbingly narrated by the inclusion of anecdotes and vignettes at every step. . . . supported by a chronology, discography, and other documentary appendices, all of which lead us, ultimately, to comprehend his view of Dorothy Maynor as 'Artist, Academician, Altruist.' " -- Georgia A. Ryder

"William Rogers, Jr., has produced a biographical treatise that is long overdue. He has painstakingly researched every aspect of Maynor's life through extensive interviews, printed materials, audio recordings, and personal observations. . . . The book will appeal to the interest range of every reader." -- Ida Daniel Dark